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Citizen Outlaw: One Man's Journey from Gangleader to Peacekeeper

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A dramatic narrative account of the life of William Juneboy Outlaw III, whose journey from housing-project youth to ruthless gangland kingpin to change-making community advocate represents a vital next chapter in the ongoing conversation about race and social justice in America

When he was in his early twenties, William Juneboy Outlaw III was sentenced to eighty-five years
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Ecco
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Itasca Community Library
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Krista says:
This was a great inspirational story! William Juneboy Outlaw is the example of a man who literally went to hell and lived to tell about it. His conversion from infamous drug lord to community welfare advocate is a story woven together with life lessons, advice, and encouragement. As police officer Stacy Spell commented, "This is the story of a phoenix." Culturally diverse and uplifting, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a unique human-interest story.
Jim
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won an advanced copy of this book on Goodreads. This book is outstanding! The book doesn't glorify the gangster life, just tells Mr. Outlaw's life from a young boy, to organized drug dealing, to prison for his terrible crimes, to redemption after his release. I found this book to be engaging it shows a message of faith and hope in changing one's path and to truly help out other people who are following a destructive path. A wonderful worthwhile read.
Anne Cooperstone
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Citizen Outlaw tells the incredibly touching story of William "Juneboy" Outlaw, from his life as gang leader to his remarkable rehabilitation after spending many years incarcerated. The book is jam packed full of fascinating and true details about the often harrowing criminal law system, the violence and poverty in New Haven, the Jungle Boys, and incarcerated life. Outlaw's inspiring impact on local communities is awe-inspiring. Charles Barber tells Outlaw's complicated and involved story with ...more
Jason Bishop
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Citizen Outlaw and could not put it down despite a splitting migraine headache. It's the story of protagonist William Outlaw's redemption under challenging circumstances, and a view into a criminal world unfamiliar to most (suburban) readers.

Barber draws us in immediately with the story of a murder, and the book takes off from there. He provides just enough detail to understand gangs, the unstoppable flow of money & drugs, jails, "diesel therapy", shot calling, and halfway houses
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Krista Kosar
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great and inspirational story! William Juneboy Outlaw is the example of a man who literally went to hell and came back. His conversion from local drug lord to intervention advocate is a story woven deep with life lessons, advice, and encouragement. As police officer Stacy Spell stated, "This is the story of a phoenix". Culturally diverse and uplifting, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read a unique human-interest story.

(The only thing that kept me from gving this
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Sharon
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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William Juneboy Outlaw III dropped out of high school after basketball season of his freshman year. He turned to dealing drugs. Around 16 or 17, he set up his own drug business and recruited others to help. This turned into a gang called the Jungle Boys. Juneboy was big for his age. He was 6'3''. he was respected on the street for his size, street smarts, ability to run a gang and a huge money making business. He killed a man and spent the next 25 years in prison.

By the time he was released,
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Luis Cuesta
I received this bock as a a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed reading this inspirational story of a criminal whose self-reformsbrought peace both to him and his city. It is well written and reflects accurately the journey of William Juneboy Outlaw from housing-project youth to criminal mastermind to convicted murderer to feared prison shot-caller to award-winning and change-making community advocate. It represents a vital next chapter in the ongoing conversation about race and social justice, that ...more
Djv121
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story of one man's journey from the streets of New Haven, to prison, and back to the community as a leader, peacekeeper and advocate was a great, great read. I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. Especially those who believe the unrelenting power of change and redemption. The author's descriptive character depth brings Mr. Outlaw, and Jungle boyz to life. Couldn't put it down!!!
Carrie
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Charles Barber has wonderfully captured the life of Mr. Outlaw and telling his story with honesty, heartbreak, and redemption, as well as the ongoing struggles of urban communities. Bravo to Mr. Barber and William "Juneboy Outlaw III. I commend your commitment to tell this story and to continue the "good fight." Highly recommending your book to our library patrons in Hamden, CT.
Jon Logan-Rung
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important story well told. Barber combines data, narrative, and attention to the telling details. Outlaw's openness and honesty with Barber made this story possible, beautiful, and urgent.
John R
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! Told with exacting, precise detail. Made me feel like I was there with William Outlaw the whole way through his journey.
Mary Loftus
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an epic journey of someone who went from one of the most feared young men in New Haven, CT to being highly respected as a man who relentlessly pursues peace on those very streets. He mentors those returning from prison in hopes of inspiring them to make positive changes in their lives. This is one of those “can’t put it down” stories which is captured flawlessly by the author.
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